Reasons Your Area Rugs Need Rug Pads

Rug Pads

You have found the perfect area rug for your home and you are ready to take it home, but is that really all you need?


Just as carpets need carpet pads, your area rugs need rug pads, too. Actually, you can go on and use your area rug without any pads, but doing so could prove to be quite risky in many ways. Using rug pads underneath your rugs can provide you with numerous benefits:


Rug pads can prevent your rugs from slipping out of place. No matter how beautiful your area rug is, at the end of the day, it is what it is – a rug made of fabric that could easily slip and slide. A rug pad can secure the area rug in place, providing safety to you and your family members.


Rug pads can protect your floors. Even when covered by a rug, your wooden floor could still suffer from high foot traffic, aside from that, there are certain rug colors that could bleed into the floor itself. Adding a rug pad means putting another layer of protection for your floor to not be affected by undesirable color bleeding from the rugs.


Rug pads can make your rugs easier to vacuum. Since a rug pad would slightly elevate your rug, you can expect the surface to be a bit more spread out which would make it easier to vacuum.


Rug pads add comfort to every step. It’s already a given that area rugs give you comfort, but rug pads can even enhance this feature as it acts as a cushion to your feet each time you walk on your rugs.


Rug pads can keep your rugs in great condition. Because your rug would not be directly squished onto your hard floors when you put a rug pad underneath, you can preserve its condition because of minimized impact.

Low Pile Rugs VS High Pile Rugs

High Pile Rugs

At first, every homeowner might think that the design and appearance are the things that should determine what rugs they would purchase. Although design or style would definitely affect your final choice of the rug, there are other rug features you may also want to take into consideration, such as rug pile.


Rugs can be categorized into two types, according to piles – low pile rugs and high pile rugs. Pile refers to the strands of the fibers on the rug surface.


Low Pile Rugs


Low pile rugs have shorter strands. Most of the time, low pile rugs have a flat, even surface that could be firm when walked on.


High Pile Rugs


High pile rugs have loose and longer strands that give it a cozier, plush appearance. This rug type is a lot softer and can provide additional comfort when walked on, as compared to low pile rugs.


What is the best choice for you?


Both low pile rugs and high pile rugs have their pros and cons. But the best choice of rug pile will greatly depend on where you plan to use the rug for.


For an instance, if you are to use the rug in your home and you have family members who suffer from allergies or asthma, it would be wiser to choose a low pile rug. Low pile rugs don’t trap as many allergens, dust, soil, and dirt as high pile rugs do because of their shorter strands.


On the other hand, if you want comfort, warmth, and luxurious feel, high pile rugs won’t let you down. High pile rugs can also withstand high foot traffic before its surface flattens. But if you’re not a fan of constant cleaning of your rugs, high pile might not be right for you because it can be difficult to clean and could hold a lot of dirt and unwanted particulates. Whatever kind you choose make sure you call to keep them clean for you. 

Proper Rug Caring Techniques

Rug Caring

Having a dirty area rug at home isn’t just unappealing to look at – it could also lead to allergy and asthma triggers for some; this is we should keep our rugs clean at all times.


It’s important to note that there are some rare home rugs that call for specific handling when it comes to cleaning. Most rugs made from natural materials or antique rugs fall under this category. Carelessly washing them may lead to irreparable damage.


But for most synthetic rugs, such as ones made from synthetic materials such as nylon, polyester, or polypropylene, standard cleaning techniques may be carried out for proper maintenance.


For instance, when you see some hairs inside your home, you should get rid of them immediately; because chances are, they would make their way to your rugs. If you live with pets and you find it hard to remove the pet hairs on a rug surface, you can use a lint roller to make the process easier. If you don’t have a lint roller, a masking tape can also help in removing hairs.


Even when you don’t see any dirt or dust on the rug surface, vacuum it. It would be ideal to vacuum your rugs everyday, but four times a week will do if everyday vacuuming isn’t possible for your schedule.


Take your rugs outside and shake them from time to time to get rid of dust and dirt.


If your rug is washable, wash them regularly and hang them outside to dry. Make sure that it’s safe for your rug to be washed before doing this, there are certain rugs that are not to be soaked in water.


Make sure to rotate your rug from time to time to ensure that the foot traffic every portion receives would be balanced.


If you have a stained rug and don’t know how to get rid of the stain, don’t be so quick to try harsh detergents or cleaning products – call a professional rug cleaner to be certain that your rug won’t be damaged.

Common Rug Materials for Your Home


There are many reasons to add an area rug to your home. They add charm, they give comfort, provide protection from impact, minimize noise, and so on. Some area rugs are so beautiful that you just feel the need to add it even to a fully carpeted home.


If you are considering adding a rug to your home, you have to know what your options are so you can choose one that best fits your taste and would work well with as well as your family members. Yes, there are certain rug types that wouldn’t bode well with homes with toddlers and pets, and rugs that would not be ideal for areas with higher foot traffic.


You can go for rugs made from natural materials such as wool, cotton, silk, or cowhide. These natural rugs can be exceptionally soft and extremely durable. Almost all natural rugs are handmade, hand tufted or handwoven. Although rugs made from natural materials are known for their high quality, they might not be the best choice if you are living with toddlers who are prone to make spills and stain surfaces; this is because natural rugs are absorbent by nature and once liquid has been spilled on them, it easily sets and could be extremely hard to remove.


Alternatively, you can choose rugs made from synthetic materials. Even though synthetic rugs were mostly mass produced, it doesn’t mean that they are not durable and/or beautiful. Rugs made from nylon, polyester, polypropylene, are just some of the most preferred by some. These rugs were specifically designed, strengthened, and improved over the years to be more durable, be resistant to stain and moisture, as well as keep their rich colors or designs over time. Synthetic rugs are generally easier to maintain than natural rugs and due to their stain and dirt resistant attributes, they might be more suitable for homes or areas where spills may be inevitable, such as the dining area or the kitchen.